The Grandmaster The Grandmaster sounds like a kick-ass banquet. It's the story of Ip Man, the Wing Chun martial-arts legend who trained Bruce Lee, and it was… The Grandmaster The Grandmaster sounds like a kick-ass banquet. It's the story of Ip Man, the Wing Chun martial-arts legend who trained Bruce Lee, and it was… 2013-08-23 PG-13 PT108M Action/Adventure Tony Leung Chiu Wai Ziyi Zhang The Weinstein Company
Movie Review

The Grandmaster (2013)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
GRANDMASTER FLASH OR NO FLASH? Another retelling of the tale of Ip Man, the martial arts legend
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GRANDMASTER FLASH OR NO FLASH? Another retelling of the tale of Ip Man, the martial arts legend
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Aug 23, 2013; Rated: PG-13; Length: 108 Minutes; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Ziyi Zhang; Distributor: The Weinstein Company

The Grandmaster sounds like a kick-ass banquet. It's the story of Ip Man, the Wing Chun martial-arts legend who trained Bruce Lee, and it was directed by the heady sensualist Wong Kar-wai. Tony Leung plays Ip Man with his old-movie charisma and reserve, but the film, despite a few splendid fights, is a biohistorical muddle that never finds its center. Maybe that's because — big mistake! — it never gets to Bruce Lee. C+

Originally posted Aug 21, 2013 Published in issue #1274 Aug 30, 2013 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Aug 17 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $28.4 2 $117.6 C+
2.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$24.7 3 $222.3 A-
3. $17.7 1 $26.1 F
4.
The Expendables 3
Lionsgate
$16.2 1 $16.2 B
5.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$12.8 1 $12.8 C-
6.
Into the Storm
Warner Bros.
$7.7 2 $31.3 D+
7.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$7.1 2 $23.6 B
8.
Lucy
Universal
$5.3 4 $107.5 B
9.
Step Up All In
Lionsgate
$2.7 2 $11.8 B-
10.
Boyhood
IFC
$2.1 6 $13.8 A
* in millions